You've probably seen the Black Forest sticker slapped across some store-bought bread, yes? Well, I went straight to the source - The Black Forest Bakery has been in Braamfontein for 18 years, and before that they were in town. You might've just missed it, but that's because it's literally a hole in the wall - a totally unpretentious (authenticity was strengthened by what appeared to be the owner shouting about spelt into the back room while holding the phone only slightly away from her jaw) one-table joint. But god, is it good.
There really isn't much room to do anything but ogle at and buy bread and treats. They're famous for their rye - I walked away with a small loaf for a mere R12. Not to get all holier-than-thou on you, but have you read the ingredients in a loaf of your regular, white 'n sliced bread? Yuck. You won't find any of that here.
As for the treats... You'll be confronted with confectionary at its best: ready-to-go cakes, biscuits, tarts, you name it. I nibbled on a bit of what, for lack of a better name, can only be described as a sweet pretzel. We'll leave it at that for now... Hopefully you'll manage to explain it to the lady behind the counter when you go, and I highly recommend that you do.
When I popped in, the back door just happened to be open. They really didn't leave much room in the front, but evidently the back part is where all the magic happens.
You could probably sit down for a cuppa java and a little something to satisfy your sweet tooth, but given the space limitations three's a crowd. A take-away is probably your best bet.
Black Forest Bakery can be found at 102 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
011 403 0065
Mondays to Fridays from 07:00-16.30, Saturdays 06:00-12.30pm (closed on Sundays and public holidays).
Photographs by: Dirk Chalmers
by Nicole Samakosky